Korean Hiko Nose Threadlift is the latest non-surgical aesthetic procedure to help patients augment their nose.
"Hiko" actually translates to "High Nose" in korean.
The non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure is a safe and effective way to achieve a higher, straighter and more defined nose.
Originating from Korea, there are 2 types of Ultra-V Hiko nose threads - PDO (polydioxanone) and PCL (polycaprolactone).
Both are 100% bio-compatible and bio-absorbable. PDO and PCL are actually the key material found in sutures used during surgical procedures.
The threadlift procedure has 2 advantages.
PDO threads will be gradually broken down over 6-9 months whilst PCL threads dissolve gradually over 18 - 24 months after the treatment.
The number of threads will differ between individuals (between 8 to 12).
Prior to treatment, Dr Edwin will prescribe oral antibiotics and painkillers to reduce discomfort and minimise risk of infection. The nose will be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected with Iodine.
Next, numbing injections (Local Anesthesia) will be given at the nose tip and along several points of the nose. This will reduce discomfort during the procedure.
Following that, Dr Edwin will insert threads along the midline of the nose through a small entry point at the nose tip. These threads immediately exert a lifting effect to increase the height and definition of the nose bridge.
After the procedure, there may be some slight swelling over the nose bridge for 3 to 5 days.
Dr Edwin will prescribe a short course of oral antibiotics as well as an intensive recovery cream to speed up the recovery process.
Nose threads typically last between 1 to 3 years depending on type of threads used.
The threads dissolves naturally over time and is removed by the body.
Even after the threads have dissolved, some patients may notice that the nose remains sharper and more enhanced because of concurrent collagen stimulation by the threads.
For the Hiko PCL nose threads Dr Edwin uses, even though the threads start dissolving after 18 to 24 months, results may last between 24 to 36 months because of the collagen stimulated.
Mild swelling and bruising may be expected for the next 3 to 7 days after the procedure. We recommend applying the intensive recovery cream to speed up recovery. Dr Edwin will usually prescribe a short course of oral antibiotics after the treatment.
In general, PCL Nose Threads may last longer than hyaluronic acid-based Nose Fillers which last 12 to 16 months on average compared to PCL threads which last between 24 to 36 months.
Unlike fillers, the risk of vascular occlusion with nose threads are non-existent, making it a safer option for nose augmentation.
However, for best results, Dr Edwin recommends that small amounts of Nose Fillers can be added as a finishing touch to further enhance the nose bridge and shape.
Every clinic offers different nose threadlift treatment options for non-surgical nose augmentation. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that nose threadlift treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in offering such nose threadlifting treatments. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of nose enhancement treatments before proceeding.